On Monday, the Washington Redskins announced that they had signed two of the seven selections made during the 2013 NFL Draft: Florida State linebacker Brandon Jenkins and Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo. According to the rookie wage scale from the latest NFLPA collective bargaining agreement, both players will earn $405,000 in base salary during year one of a four year contract. With signing bonuses included, Jenkins will account for approximately $450,000 and Rambo $430,000 against the salary cap this season. The other five draft picks remain unsigned at the moment, but are in no real jeopardy of holding out.
With the NFL levying $18 million in cap penalties against the Redskins this year, the front office has spent money cautiously this off-season. Only the top 51 earners will count against the salary cap, so Washington will have the available cash to sign all drafted players if they decide to do so. However, the team announced that it had waived New Haven wide receiver Jason Thompson at the same time it announced the Jenkins and Rambo signings. Thompson signed a college free agent contract on May 1st.